Family & Private Client

A close knit team providing expert legal advice
without losing sight of what’s important.

The members of our Private Client teams are not only highly experienced lawyers – but also down to earth, able to provide practical advice and support in plain English. They have particular specialist expertise in family law and residential conveyancing – but are easily able to draw from the wider resources of our firm, providing a ‘one stop shop’ for legal services to private individuals. Our teams are extremely close knit, all working from our central London office, so that clients can always reach someone able to discuss their case.

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Clients say 

“I have found Devonshires Solicitors to provide an exceptional service to me, not only from a legal perspective but also from a personal and emotional one which has been just as valuable during such a stressful time of divorce.”

“Thank you, you are my star”

“Every time I recall my experiences with other solicitors, they simply could not have achieved what I needed nor stuck with me throughout the emotional ups and downs, nor coped with the sheer bulk or thoroughness that was required.”

“Thank you for your efficient and responsive services. It’s been a really great experience.”

Family Law 

At Devonshires Solicitors we advise on the full spectrum of family law issues, from financial planning at the outset of a relationship through to claims under the Inheritance Act after bereavement. We have a particularly strong track record in handling disputes relating to finance, children and property following the end of a relationship or marriage.

We appreciate that such cases can be highly emotional and upsetting and so our team members offer advice in a personal and easily understood manner. We never lose sight of the human dimension of the dispute. We work closely with our clients; respond to their individual needs and strive to reach a fair and lasting resolution which prioritises their interests and the interests of their children.

We pride ourselves on adopting a pragmatic approach to family disputes and, wherever possible, we encourage open dialogue and mediation, promoting amicable negotiation and then drafting the necessary Court documents to reflect the agreement the parties reach. This approach to dispute resolution means that matters can be resolved quickly and effectively, thus reducing the financial and emotional burden placed upon our clients.

We also, however, have experience in handling highly contentious, complex cases with areas of expertise including:

  • The financial aspects of separation.
  • Arrangements for the care of children.
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
  • Civil partnerships.
  • Cohabitation agreements.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Child abduction.
  • Adoption and Fostering.
  • Special Guardianship Orders.
  • Annulments.
  • Inheritance Act claims.

We have established ourselves as being specialists in complex cases involving difficult issues such as relocation, parental alienation and care proceedings. We are ranked as a notable firm for Family and Matrimonial work in the Chambers legal directory.

Recent notable cases include:

  • Obtaining Leave to Remove for the mother of a 5 year old child (A (A Child) (No 2) [2014] EWCC B52 (Fam)).
  • Securing a Special Guardianship Order for the foster parents of a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines.
  • Acting for a third party company in matrimonial proceedings in which the wife alleged that the company held assets on trust for the husband.
  • Securing a father’s full-time residence of three children aged 14, 10 and 8.
  • Acting for the mother of two children aged 15 and 10 in her application for residence following the father’s attempt to alienate her from her children.

Residential Conveyancing 

Buying or selling your home (or doing both at the same time) can be stressful. Our approachable, accessible and expert residential conveyancers are on hand to ensure that it’s as stress free a process as possible – from your estate agent issuing the sales particulars to the keys being handed over, and beyond. We are fully accredited under both Lexcel and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (QCS). Lexcel is awarded by the Law Society only to those solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards.  CQS, also operated by the Law Society, is an accreditation system based specifically on high quality conveyancing practice. So our clients know they are in safe (and efficient) hands.

Our residential conveyancing clients range from busy city professionals buying a new home through to property investors building up an investment portfolio of rented properties. We realise that different clients have different requirements. Some know the conveyancing process inside out. They just want us to ‘get on with it’ and that suits us just fine. For others, the complexities of property law are all a bit of a mystery. They like us to hold their hand every step of the way – taking the time to explain not just what we are doing for them, but why. We’re happy with that too. We enjoy getting to know our clients and adapting to what they want – it makes our job more interesting.

Although we have a large team (15 at the last count) we make sure that the transaction is handled by just one person day to day – so you get to know them and they get to know you. We make sure that every client is allocated a lawyer who has the necessary expertise to their individual requirements. We have experts in:

  • Buying and selling.
  • Re-mortgaging.
  • Landlord and tenant law.
  • Auctions (buying & selling).
  • Equity transfer.
  • Equity release.

An Accessible Team

If you are based in the City or surrounding London areas we understand that working long hours often makes it difficult to find the time to attend meetings away from your own office. At Devonshires Solicitors, we want to make the process as smooth and easy as possible for you. So, if you want, we’re happy to come to your offices when you need us to run through the transaction with you or we need you to sign the transfer documents.

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